Dest wonder strike keys U.S. comeback over Costa Rica
COLUMBUS, Ohio.- The United States rallied for a 2-1 victory against Costa Rica on the sixth matchday of Concacaf World Cup Qualifying for Qatar 2022 on Thursday night at Lower.com Field in Columbus, Ohio.
The win takes the U.S. to 11 points in the final round, while Costa Rica stays on six points.
Costa Rica got a dream start, scoring in the second minute when Keysher Fuller was able to volley a cross from Ronald Matarrita toward the goal, where U.S. GK Zack Steffen was unable to stop the bouncing effort from crossing his line.
¡Lo ganan los Ticos! Costa Rica 🇨🇷 tomó la ventaja en los primeros instantes del partido mediante un tanto de Keysher Fuller. #CWCQ— Concacaf (@Concacaf) October 13, 2021
⏱️15' 🇺🇸 0 🆚 1🇨🇷
Costa Rica is ahead! The visitors took the lead after a Fuller strike in the opening minutes. The U.S. is up against it now
The U.S. was back level though 1-1 in the 25th minute, as right back Sergino Dest cut in from his defensive position, getting near the box and firing a left-footed bullet past Costa Rica GK Keylor Navas.
¡Qué juegazo! 🥵 Estados Unidos y Costa Rica empatan a uno, cortesía de Keysher Fuller y Sergiño Dest #CWCQ— Concacaf (@Concacaf) October 13, 2021
⏱️45' 🇺🇸 1 🆚 1 🇨🇷
What a game! 🥵 The U.S. and Costa Rica are level at halftime, after Keysher Fuller and Sergiño Dest goals
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The momentum was with the home side and they would then take a 2-1 lead in the 66th minute via an own goal from GK Leonel Moreira, who had come on for an injured Navas at halftime.
The U.S. have the lead heading into the final 15 minutes of the game. Can Costa Rica draw level? #CWCQ— Concacaf (@Concacaf) October 14, 2021
⏱️75' 🇺🇸 2 🆚 1 🇨🇷
Estados Unidos ya remontó en el marcador, pero todavía faltan 15 minutos en Columbus. ¿Podrá empatar La Sele? #CWCQ
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This time Dest set up Timothy Weah, who smashed his shot at Moreira, with the shot hitting off the post, then off the goalkeeper and going across the line to give the U.S. a 2-1 advantage.
From there, the U.S. defense held firm to nail down the three points for the hosts.
The U.S. resumes qualification in November with a home tilt against rival Mexico, while Costa Rica’s next match is at Canada.